b'Co-Parenting in the Era of COVID-19 Team NewsWhen Governor Walz signed the initial Stay at Home Ordercommunicate openly and honestly about COVID-19 on March 25, 2020, he made an important exception forconcerns and potential exposure; Midwest Real Estate News Lists Moss & Barnett Among two-household familiesthat is, families who have experiencedbe accommodating and flexible with the parenting time divorce or separation. Recognizing that parenting time schedulesschedule; and Top Law Firms for Real Estate in 2020require a back-and-forth between two homes, the Stay at Home Order specifically exempted existing parenting time schedulesbe understanding if one parent is facing a financialWe are pleased to announce that Midwest Real Estate Newstop law firms from 14 Midwestern states based on the number from its terms. These are certainly extraordinary and stressfulhardship. has named Moss & Barnett among the top regional law firmsof real estate transactions in the past year that occurred within times for everyone, but for two-household families, the pandemicResolving Disagreements for real estate in 2020. Each year, Midwest Real Estate Newsthose states.has created a unique set of challenges.issues its Best of the Best edition, which ranks the industrys The Guidelines are a useful resource and starting point for Emerging Issues and Guidancetwo-household families navigating pandemic-related issues. But Although the Stay at Home Order has been eased in Minnesota,if an issue arises that cannot be resolved between parents, there We are honored to be recognized by Midwest Real Estate the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is stillare a number of mediators who offer their services via videoNews as one of the leading real estate law firms in the recommending that families limit interactions and gatherings toconference. Most video conference platforms allow the mediatorMidwest. We are grateful for the many relationships that their immediate household. This recommendation is complicatedto caucus between virtual breakout rooms and negotiate aprovide us with the opportunity to work on challenging for two-household families. Co-parents may have differentsettlement in the same manner they would in-person.and exciting transactions throughout the region. risk-tolerance levels when it comes to the coronavirus. In theAccess to Courts context of a pandemic, a once innocuous issue has the potential- Tim Gustin, Chair, Moss & Barnett Real Estate Groupto become a source of conflict.If mediation is unsuccessful, judicial officers are still holding hearings by video conference. While most hearings are being Co-parents may disagree about allowing their children to travel,scheduled two to three months out, the court may expedite the participate in sports, or spend time with friends and familyhearing if your case involves an urgent health or safety issue. Moss & Barnetts COVID-19 Resource Pagemembers outside of their bubble. They may have different views of what precautions are required, especially if someone is high riskConclusion for COVID-19 in one household (e.g., a grandparent, stepparent,The COVID-19 virus is having significant and rapidly changingis a difficult and stressful time for everyone, and new challenges We are now nine months into the pandemic, and even withlegal implications for both businesses and individuals.will emerge as this situation continues to evolve. Together, we are or step-sibling) but not the other.the development of multiple vaccines, it is unclear when theMoss & Barnett has created a resource page to provide informationwell-equipped to navigate these challenges and overcome these The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) andpandemic will end and what post-pandemic life will look like.that may be helpful in your decision-making. We know that thistrying times.the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) haveNew issues will likely continue to arise, making it all the more issued Seven Guidelines for Parents Who Are Divorced / Separatedimportant to find creative and flexible solutions for families. Visit LawMoss.com/news-moss-and-barnett-covid-19-resource-page to learn more.and Sharing Custody of Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic.If you want to know more about how COVID-19 may impact your These Guidelines encourage co-parents to: family law matter and what options you have, please contact one of Moss & Barnetts family law attorneys to assist you.follow CDC recommendations to maintain a healthy home;provide calm and age-appropriate answers to any questions children have about the pandemic;Brittney M. Millerfollow the court-ordered parenting time schedule612-877-5299|Brittney.Miller@lawmoss.comwhen possible; LawMoss.com/people-brittney-m-millerembrace virtual forms of parent-child communicationBrittney M. Miller is a member in our Family Law group. She like Skype and FaceTime; assists clients in all family-related matters, including parenting, support, division of assets, stepparent and same-sex adoptions, antenuptial agreements, and many otherissues confronting 2 modern families. 3'